Outdoors


TRR photos by Sandy Long

This beetle got a lift back to its natural habitat after finding itself stranded in my home. To relocate an insect, grab a cup and a card, or a sturdy piece of junk mail. Calmly place the cup over the insect, carefully slide the card underneath to gently trap the bug, then relocate it outdoors. As frightening as insects can sometimes appear, they are usually harmless and would like to be left alone. 

Don't bash that bug!

A big black beetle crawls across your kitchen floor as you patter past in your bare feet. A sense of panic sets in. What to do? Smash it to smithereens? NO! NO! NO! Despite their sometimes frightful appearance, insects are fascinating and wonderful creatures, often harmed out of fear and a lack of knowledge.


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Watercolor by Steven Weinberg 

Trout paintings on exhibit

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum (CFFCM), 1031 Old Rte. 17, is displaying an exhibit of paintings of trout by watercolorist Steven Weinberg in the Wulff Gallery. The exhibition will remain through September 5, including during Summerfest on August 5 and 6.

Trout stocking program open

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — The Sullivan County Water and Soil Conservation District has started its annual trout stocking program. If you are interested in stocking your pond with trout, fathead minnows, or crawfish this fall, the district will be accepting orders until Monday, September 18. Rainbow and brook trout are being offered for sale.


This green frog has ridges down each side of its back, evident even under water. Both green frogs and bullfrogs share the main indicator of sex: in a male, the tympanum (ear) is much wider than the eye, and a female has a tympanum of equal size or slightly smaller than the eye. This is a female.

True frogs and ‘bull’ frogs

A month or so back, I was on a bird walk and we passed a small shallow pond. A frog was spotted on the far side of the pond, a little too far for a close look with binoculars. It looked like it could have been a green frog. Someone said, “That’s a bullfrog, it’s got a green head and brown back!” Was he right or wrong?


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Dragonflies and more at PEEC

DINGMANS FERRY, PA — The Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC), 538 Emery Rd., has a seris of events planned for the next two weekends that will give you an opportunity to explore on foot or by boat, and get up close with critters from dragonflies to frogs. Registration is required unless otherwise noted.

Chasin' flies

Willie chased flies. I went with him a few times and it was not at all productive. Willie was William Dorato, inventor of the Dorato Hares Ear, a fly he designed a long time ago, to imitate early-season mating caddis. Years ago we shared a camp on the East Branch, and if things were quiet on that river, he would get twitchy and off we’d go.


TRR photos by Sandy Long

This Northern Water Snake is preparing to shed its skin, as indicated by the cloudy bluish appearance of its eyes, due to the old skin and lymph fluid secreted to enable shedding.

Know the Northern Water Snake

With summer in full swing, many of us are spending as much time as possible enjoying recreational activities on regional waters. This increases the likelihood that we might encounter one of the Upper Delaware River Valley’s common reptiles, the Northern Water Snake.

Free energy assessments

NORTHEAST PA — SEEDS (Sustainable Energy Education and Development Support) offers free residential energy assessments to home owners in Wayne, Pike, and Lackawanna counties. Learn how your home uses and loses energy and take steps to start saving money on energy costs.

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